Snoop Dogg is no stranger to g-funk, having pioneered the gangsta rap & funk hybrid on his seminal LP's "Doggystyle", "Tha Doggfather" & beyond in the '90s. Uncle Snoop makes a return to the subgenre he helped create on "7 Days of Funk", his new funk project with Los Angeles' underground & oft-overlooked funk impresario Dam-Funk.
"When you got the funk, it's a spirit," says Snoop Dogg aka Snoopzilla for the "7 Days of Funk" project. "And the funk can appear out of nowhere & when it happens, either you get funked or get the funk out the way."
For Dam-Funk, who has mostly coasted on the underground LA music scene part of Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Records family, funk isn't just a fad, it's a lifestyle.
"Like Snoop Dogg says, it's like a music that just continues on," says Dam-Funk, born Damon Riddick. "And what we're doing to some of the songs on the album, which you'll hear, Snoop Dogg is taking some different type of writing & lyrical content to put on this style of music, & then, also adding fun & laidback nuances as well, & the laidback nuances are definitely influenced by the G-funk era. So, right now, we're doing a modern style of funk, but we still keep all the styles of funk that came before us in the mix."
"7 Days of Funk" is a 7-track project (well, technically 8-track project with an extra bonus cut, "Systamatic" featuring Snoop Dogg's brethren Tha Dogg Pound). The only other guests on the EP are former Slave frontman Steve Arrington & Kurupt. In addition to a smoker anthem here & there, the EP surprisingly focuses on love & positivity & them some more love. It's a step further, like his "Reincarnated" album as Snoop Lion, in the opposite direction for the gangsta rapper once known for rapping about having his mind on his money. For Snoop Dogg, "7 Days of Funk" is less of a fiscal endeavor than it is a project bearing a positive message.
"Funk is love, if you really listen," says Snoop Dogg. "A lot of funk songs were based from love & I think that's a great spot to come from, to come from love & funk at the same time 'cause it feels good. And, I think that these songs are driven from a place of love. So, whether they're love songs or not, it was love when we went into making these projects & making these songs. That's what the ultimate feeling would be at the end of the day, is that love will be the transpired energy that you get."
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